All parents love their children. But what do you do when you can’t connect with them? In my case, I started making photographs of, and with, my son Elijah, who has autism spectrum disorder. This series—the title is from “echolalia,” a clinical term for the mimicking aspect of his condition—shows the bridges we’ve built on our shared journey of wonder, discovery, and understanding.

We began this project when Eli was five. He was doing well at school but fixating on odd things, lashing out, speaking repetitively. My wife and I couldn’t figure him out. Then I started taking pictures of him around the house. It was an instinctive act for a photographer: Point your camera at something in order to make sense of it. But a curious thing happened. As I documented what Eli was doing and creating, he became interested in the images I was making. I was learning how he thinks; he was learning what I like and value.

We soon had a system. Eli would do something unusual, one of us would notice, and we’d make a photo of it together. The pictures we took over three years were more raw and feral than anything I’d done as an editorial or advertising photographer. And more personal. This is, after all, the story of a father and his son.

Timothy Archibald’s book, Echolilia: Sometimes I Wonder, was published last year by Echo Press. See more of his work at

This is beautiful. 

This is actually incredible oh my god.

(via tinyseacreature)

bye bye

I have now moved to a different blog location: Click here!

So long tumblr!


Explosions in the Sky best described as: The band has garnered popularity beyond the post-rock scene for their cinematic, elaborately developed guitar work, narratively styled instrumentals, what they refer to as “cathartic mini-symphonies,” and their enthusiastic and emotional live shows

They’re one of my favoritest bands. I am often inspired by their music to create a plethora of things. This IS a play list off of YouTube I found. It’s very hard to actually find a “real” music video for them.

Etsy Love

Monday Inspiration

Sometimes it is hard to take that first step in a new adventure. It was a very nerve racking time for me at the beginning of my craft experience. I can best describe it as starting a new year at school or going on a first date. I didn’t know what to expect, if it was going to be a great thing or a huge disappointment. While, it was extremely hard for me to put myself out there, I found it very rewarding. I felt a sense of accomplishment. It’s yielded to many great new experiences and a lot of good leads. I hope still, to this day, that I can make a name for myself out there. You can do it too!!
A recent quote I found, “An Essential Aspect Of Creativity Is Not Being Afraid To Fail” by Edward Land has lent me a sort of rekindling of my crafting spirit. I truly believe that if you are too afraid to fail, your life will remain stagnant in all aspects.
So, here’s to new adventures and all the worrying that goes into it!

The Ocean

gabs 050 “May your joys be as deep as the ocean, your sorrows as light as its foam.” This picture is so dreamy. I can’t wait for summer!!!!!

(It’s been awhile since I posted but I am now back at it! I’m ready for anything!!)

Super Colossal Spring Sale

Sorry about the absence all! I’ve been in New Mexico for the past week & am now preparing for a lovely amazing colossal craft show! If you’re in the Northwest please come out on May 7th!! A great opportunity to by your mom a handmade gift with amazing artists. Here’s the Portland Mercury pictures from this weeks issue. It includes a pamphlet with all the details including an ad from me. Yipee!! Crafty Wonderland is in the Oregon Convention Center, Hall D from 11 AM - 6 PM. I’m in booth #54! Hope to see some of you there.


This video/song provokes a lot of emotion in me. Maybe it’s because it involves some
dead animals? Yes, plus it’s a powerful song.

Foals - Spanish Sahar
So I walked through to the haze And a million dirty waves Now I see you lying there Like a lilo, losing air… air Black rocks on the shoreline surf Still that summer I cannot bear And I wipe the sand from my eyes It’s the Spanish Sahara, the place that you’d wanna leave the horror, yeah…

Forget the horror here Forget the horror here Leave it all down here It’s future rust and then it’s future dust

Now the waves, they drag you down Carry you to broken ground Though I’ll find you in the sand Wipe you clean with dirty hands So god damn this boiling space It’s the Spanish Sahara, the place that you’d wanna leave the horror, yeah…

Forget the horror here Forget the horror here Leave it all down here It’s future rust and it’s future dust I’m the fury in your head I’m the fury in your bed I’m the ghost in the back of your head Cause I am…

Cause I am.

Top Natural Wonders - NERD Alert

Some of the most beautiful natural wonders I want to see or have seen.
Northern Lights

Auroras are natural different colored light displays, which are usually observed in the night sky, particularly in the polar zone. In northern latitudes, it is known as the aurora borealis, named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas. It often appears as a greenish glow (or sometimes a faint red), as if the sun were rising from an unusual direction. The aurora borealis is also called the ‘northern lights’, as it is only visible in the North sky from the Northern Hemisphere. The aurora borealis most often occurs from September to October and from March to April.

Yellowstone Nat’l Park

Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest super volcano on the continent. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining, nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone. Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including several that are either endangered or threatened.

Galapagos Island
© Frans Lanting
Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000km from the South American continent, the19 islands of the Galápagos have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Ongoing volcanic activity reflects the processes that formed the islands. Located at the confluence of three oceanic currents, the Galápagos is a “melting pot” of marine species. These processes, along with the isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life – such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finches – which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, following his visit in 1835.

Great Barrier Reef
Heart reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s Largest coral reef system. It is composed of roughly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600 kilometers (1,616 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers (132,974 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from orbit and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. The Great Barrier Reef supports a wide diversity of life, and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981.

These are only a few beautiful sights found amongst the world. I dream of these places, the sun, the wildlife. One day, I shall embark on a journey to see The Great Barrier Reef, Northern Lights and Galapagos Island. I’ve had the privilege of seeing Yellowstone, it was fantastic!! (To say the least)

Etsy Love

I discovered Rover Dog by a featured treasury on Etsy. A little snippet from their shop, “Taking a refreshing departure from pink ruffles and glittered decals, Rover introduces the new approach to dressing your dog. Classically tailored garments paired with fresh detailing epitomize the Rover style.” I just love love this idea & wish I had a dog to adorn!!!

Look at some of their styles (click on pictures for listing):
Go visit their shop today. It’s fantastic, cute & amazing!!!